Programmes d'alimentation scolaire dans le monde :
Leçons à tirer pour le Canada

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Over 388 million children in at least 161 countries – 83% of all countries globally – receive free or subsidized school meals at school, according to the World Food Programme.  Canada is one of the only members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) without a national school food program. We, members of the Canadian Coalition for Healthy School Food in partnership with George Brown College,  are keen to learn from experts and leaders in other jurisdictions about how their school food programs operate to bring back innovative best practices to inform the creation of a world-class National School Food Program.

 

This webinar series will delve into how other countries implement their programs, how they are funded/cost-shared, and monitored by different levels of government and external stakeholders. The focus of this webinar series will be on pre-pandemic and cornerstone practices that sustain innovative and comprehensive school food programs. However, some important aspects of pandemic-induced programmatic improvements, investments and expansions will be investigated.

US's school food program webinar

Upcoming webinar
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Join the "United States's School Food Program: Conceptualization, Underlying Policies and Implementation" on May 4 at 9:30 am (EDT) as we delve into the development of school food programs (SFPs) in the US, how they are funded and their underlying policy mechanisms, as well as how they are implemented and monitored. It will also discuss how international policies/acts influenced SFPs in the US and regional differences in program modalities.

Panelists include:

  • Lacy Stephens - Program Director, National Farm To School Network

  • Janet Poppendieck - PhD & author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America

  • Marisa Cheung - Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Services

 

Germany's school food program webinar

Past webinar

The "Germany's School Food Program: Conceptualization, Underlying Policies and Implementation" on October 26 delved into the development of school food programs (SFPs) in Germany, how they are funded and their underlying policy mechanisms, as well as how they are implemented and monitored. It also discussed how international policies/acts such as EU policies influenced SFPs in Germany and regional differences in program modalities.

Panelists include:

  • Ulrike Arens-Azevedo

  • Ernestine Tecklenburg

  • Tim Björstrand

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Denmark's school food program webinar

"Denmark's School Food Program: Conceptualization, Underlying Policies and Implementation" on August 25 delved into the concept of school food in Denmark as well as its implementation and monitoring guided by the Danish nutritional guidelines and framing education. We also explored the use of school food as a tool for formation and involvement.

Panelists include:

  • Line Rise Nielsen

  • Astrid Dahl

  • Emil Kiær Lund

  • Morten Kromann Nielsen

 

italy's school food program webinar

“Italy’s School Food Program: Funding, Underlying Policy Mechanism and Implementation” webinar on June 24 delved into the development of school food programs (SFPs) in Italy, how they are funded and their underlying policy mechanisms, as well as how they are implemented and monitored. It also discussed how international policies/acts such as EU policies influenced SFPs in Italy and regional differences in program modalities.

 
Brazil's national school food program: PNAE
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The Brazilian National School Food Program (PNAE), created in 1955, is one of the largest social programs in the world, providing meals to over 42 million students in the country’s public schools.

The webinar, co-hosted by The Betinho Project at Ryerson's Centre for Studies in Food Security, Food Secure Canada and the Coalition for Healthy School Food talked about Brazil’s National School Food Program, its structure, its benefits and how it's helping the country reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the webinar, we learned that thanks to the program, food security problems were alleviated, with the families in need getting local fresh food delivered to their homes, assisting the country with SDG-2 (Zero Hunger).

In addition, PNAE highlights the importance of local family farms. The model ensures that these farms, including those of marginalized groups (Indigenous, Quilombolas, low-income farmers, etc.), receive the right local support. This contributes to Brazil's SDG-1 (No Poverty).

 

scotland's school food program

Featuring three experts on Scotland’s school food program, the webinar talked about the policy, structure and outreach of the Scottish school meal program, its delivery and implementation modality. The Scottish government has required schools to offer balanced and nutritious diets to pupils since 2008, and free school meals have been offered to primary 1-3 pupils since 2015. Currently, the Scottish schools offer 350,000 meals per day on average and among them, 145,000 meals are offered to children entitled to receive free school meals. Also, the webinar highlighted how the Scottish school meal program is helping the country tackle child poverty, build healthier communities and attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer's Research videos

In 2022, Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer's research team created three videos on the organization and characteristics of school food programs from exemplary countries - Finland, Japan and France.

Their purpose is really to detail how these countries’ programs work as information for governments in Canada.

 

See the three research videos below.